REVIEW: Cannibal Ferox (1981) by Larissa Liv

‘Cannibal Ferox (1981) is one of the slew of cannibal films made in the 70’s and 80’s. Directed by Italian filmmaker Umberto Lenzi, it stays true to the sub genres structure – New York, anthropologists, and white people fucking around with cannibals. Unlike its predecessor Cannibal Holocaust, the plot ditches simplicity much to its detriment. That being said, I don’t think the basis for appeal in films of this nature is a complex plot.

At its core the film follows siblings Rudy and Gloria along with their friend Pat, all foraging out to the Brazilian forest with the intention of disproving cannibalism. They find the bodies of two natives who were brutally killed, as well as an injured Joe and his friend Mike – both of their fresh encounters touting the same story of a cannibal attack.
A fair warning about the gore that ensues – there are real animal killings that take place, apparently they had reasoning for advertisements claiming a ban in 31 countries. The tone is unapologetic and the imagery is gritty, it is trash that impacts you and digs itself a part of your conscious. Why should the everyday horror enthusiast verse themselves in this sub genre? It is making a comeback in the near future via Eli Roth with The Green Inferno, and what fun is that if you don’t know your cannibal fundamentals? This is a must see when versing yourself in all things jungle based and flesh eating.’